The Black Marble (1980) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Black Marble (1980)





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A jaded, alcoholic police veteran is reluctantly assigned to work with an idealistic female police officer on his latest case. Based on the novel by Joseph Wambaugh, this crime drama focuses less on the crimes under investigation as the developing relationship between the two extremely different partners.


Robert Foxworth
as Sgt. A.M. Valnikov
Paula Prentiss
as Sgt. Natalie Zimmerman
Harry Dean Stanton
as Philo Skinner
James Woods
as Fiddler
Barbara Babcock
as Madeline Whitfield
John Hancock
as Clarence Cromwell
Raleigh Bond
as Capt. Hooker
Judy Landers
as Pattie Mae
Pat Corley
as Itchy Mitch
Paul Henry Itken
as Dr. Bambarella
Richard Dix
as Alex Valnikov
Lidia Kristen
as Russian Woman
Marilyn Chris
as Marvis Skinner
Lou Cutell
as Limpwood
Doris Belack
as Married Woman
Dallas Alinder
as Chester Biggs
Elizabeth Farley
as Receptionist
Michael Dudikoff
as Millie's Houseboy
Lou Cuttell
as Limpwood
Anne Ramsey
as Bessie Callahan
Jane Daly
as Bullets' Girlfriend
Michael D. Gainsborough
as Capt. Packerton
Herta Ware
as Grand Duchess
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Critic Reviews for The Black Marble

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The Black Marble is an engaging cop drama that stands head and shoulders above others in this genre.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
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The Black Marble has a quirky likable quality surrounding it's rather dull premise and it is just quirky enough that it is watchable. The acting is stellar but the movie is slow and other than a few chuckles here and there The Black Marble is very forgettable. Keep an eye out for The American Ninja himself Michael Dudikoff in his first small film role as a gay house-boy.

Jonathan Porras
Jonathan Porras

With The Black Marble, Joseph Wambaugh [adapting his own novel] at last comes close to presenting police as human, even humorous, beings, capable of balancing remorse, regret and romance without becoming total psychotics.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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